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Preparing Teachers...Building the Future (2006)


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2006 report on AIKCU's teacher preparation programs.

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Preparing Teachers...Building the Future (2006)

  1. 1. Kentucky’s Independent Colleges and UniversitiesPreparing Teachers...Building the Future
  2. 2. Graduates of Kentucky’s independent colleges and universities are serving with distinction in schools throughout the Commonwealth... Association of Independent Colleges and Universities 484 Chenault Rd. Frankfort, KY 40601 Phone: 502-695-5007 Fax: 502-695-5057 Kentucky’s independent colleges and universities, sometimes referred to as private schools, are tuition-supported, nonprofitinstitutions that are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The schools, which are not state-funded, are members of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities.
  3. 3. Table of Contents Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Teacher Education Model Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Teacher Quality Enhancement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Teacher Preparation Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Accreditation Status, Quality Performance Index, Program Offerings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  4. 4. As Kentucky continues Initiatives developed as part In reading descriptions its work to create a world- of the grant work blended with of these teacher preparation class system of education, the the institutions’ demanding programs, a consistent state’s private colleges and programs that emphasize both theme emerges. This universities are playing an subject matter preparation theme is communicated in increasingly important role in and public service. Education words that deliver a clear preparing teachers who deliver students at Kentucky’s message: scholarship…..caring excellence in the classroom for independent institutions stewardship……responsible all students. are learning how to teach citizenship…..advocacy Reflecting their and how to be contributing for students……ethical…… commitment to that work, members of their communities. professional……knowledge….. most of the independent This learning takes place in commitment. institutions participated with environments where faculty The emphasis of education the state’s public universities members take their role programs throughout in two major programs: the as teachers very seriously, the independent college Commonwealth Consortium recognizing the truth in the community is to connect for Teacher Education Model adage: “We learn to teach as we preparing teachers with Program grants (TEMP) are taught.” elementary and secondary and the Teacher Quality These teachers of teachers, students as much and often Enhancement grant (TQE). resourceful in thought and as possible. This front- action, understand the critical line experience gives the importance of preparing future teachers a clearer students to ensure the understanding of what to academic success of children expect from the realities of from diverse backgrounds with the service careers they have different styles of learning. chosen. Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  5. 5. Graduates of Kentucky’s “The role of independent Following is a closer lookindependent colleges and institutions (in teacher at the projects undertaken byuniversities are serving with preparation) in general is very the independent colleges anddistinction in schools throughout positive,” notes the Kentucky universities under the TEMP andthe Commonwealth, providing Education Professional Standards TQE programs.academic guidance to students Board (EPSB).in classrooms that they are According to the most recenttransforming into communities of available information, about one-inquiry. fourth of the teacher education For example, four of the graduates in Kentucky in 2004-teachers named as Kentucky’s 2005 were students at independentTeacher of the Year since 2000 institutions. Among teachershold undergraduate or graduate working in public classroomsdegrees from one of the state’s throughout the state, the EPSBindependent institutions. Many estimates that one-fourthothers have been recognized at the hold bachelor’s degrees fromlocal or regional levels, and several Kentucky’s independent collegeshave received awards for being and universities. Overall, aboutamong the nation’s best first-year one-third of Kentucky’s teachersteachers. hold a degree or other credential from one of the state’s private institutions. Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  6. 6. Teacher Education The 2003 Kentucky General Assembly created the Teacher Education Model Program grants to improve teacher training programs in the state’s public and privateModel Program institutions. The institutions were to focus on six goals: Expanding on-line access to coursework Developing on-line, cooperative special education certification and degree programs Enhancing the technology skills of educators Increasing the participation of university faculty from all disciplines in public schools Creating guidelines for alternative routes to certification that include credit options for life experience Enhancing the recruitment of talented future educators, with an emphasis on underrepresented populations According to an evaluation of the program, the work also increased communication and collaboration among postsecondary institutions, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Education Professional Standards Board and the Council on Postsecondary Education. (“The Evaluation of the Commonwealth Consortium for Teacher Education Model Programs Grant.” Margaret Rintamaa, Ed.D., The University of Kentucky; Corrie Orthober, Ph.D., The University of Louisville; Edward Kifer, Ph.D., The University of Louisville) The evaluation further stated: “The results suggest that the TEMP grant has produced significant changes across the state in such areas as online courses and programs, increased online accessibility, additional partnerships with local P-12 schools, more sophisticated use of technology and increased recruitment activities. Those are outcomes that can be documented now. A hope, however, is that TEMP will have a huge, future ripple effect. The replication of projects and implementation of conference results has the potential to far exceed what now is described.” Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  7. 7. Following is a closer look at the work of Kentucky’s independent colleges and universities under the TEMP grants. Asbury College chose not to accept the TEMP grant Upgrading teacher candidates’ use and understandingfunding but was committed to the goals of the program of technology was the emphasis at Berea College.and supplied funds to support the project. The school’s Educational software programs that enhance learning werework to realign curriculum and change its graduate made available to education majors and student teachersprogram to increase minority recruitment and alternative to use on the laptop computers they had received whencertification opportunities had the greatest impact. The they began their studies. (All new Berea College studentsrealignment affected 31 certifications. The results of receive a laptop. When they are juniors, they exchange thisPRAXIS exams have shown that the work had a positive computer for a new one that they take with them whenimpact, with Asbury’s students scoring in the top 15 they graduate.) The students used the educational softwarepercent nationally. tools regularly to create lesson plans that were aligned with the state core content. Berea also used TEMP funds to buy At Bellarmine University, work focused on increasing digital equipment that is being used to improve studentthe participation of arts and sciences faculty members in teachers’ skills and in a pilot program to record and reviewpublic schools, enhancing educators’ technology skills and classroom activities and children’s work.improving the recruitment of minority teacher educationcandidates. Through collaborative workshops, evaluationsof student teachers and other efforts,arts and sciences faculty memberssignificantly increased their role inteacher preparation. Scholarships forlocal teachers, software purchases,training for education faculty anda science and technology fair forin-service and pre-service teachersfocused on expanding technologyskills. Education faculty memberscollaborated with the admissionsoffice to help recruit minority teachercandidates. Other efforts includedopen houses and additional eventsthat focused on minority recruitment.The result was a 19 percent increasebetween 2002 and 2005 in the numberof minority candidates in the School ofEducation, consistent with the overallenrollment growth of teacher candidates during the sameperiod. Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  8. 8. Brescia University has seen a renewed emphasis on a joint program with the University of Louisville totechnology in the classroom as a result of the TEMP work. prepare teachers to serve students with moderate to severeThrough technology purchases and training, teachers disabilities. Georgetown collaborated with Midwayare improving student engagement and expanding their College on a joint presentation on the development ofexpertise. The technology also has enabled teachers to online special education programs. Georgetown met withprepare lessons with more complex concepts and present UofL, Midway, Eastern Kentucky University, Murraythem in a more independent learning environment. The State University and the University of the Cumberlandsgrant gave Brescia’s education faculty an opportunity to about sharing online programs. And Georgetown isexpand their work with P-12 teachers. Faculty trained area working with the University of Kentucky to increase theteachers in classroom applications for the technology. number of Future Educator Association chapters in area schools. Grant activities also emphasized improving Campbellsville University has found increased technology training for teacher candidates and usingopportunities to work with area schools. The grant technology to deliver instruction to special educationprovided funds to work with area middle schools to students and students with learning and behaviordevelop modules for their gifted and talented programs disorders.on “Exploring Kentucky’s Rural Roots” using Janice HoltGiles’ The Believers as the focus of the course. Grant fundswere used as leverage to help the middle schools enhancethe learning opportunities. Campbellsville alsopartnered with Lindsey Wilson College to developa Future Educators Association conference that is tobecome an annual event. Prior to the TEMP work,there was no regional FEA conference and onlylimited efforts to recruit talented future educators. Centre College created a Diversity RecruitmentPlan that focused on encouraging interest in theteaching profession among students of color. Events,such as Admission Diversity Days, highlightedefforts to recruit students from underrepresentedpopulations into the teaching profession. In additionto working through its admissions office, Centreparticipates in ongoing workshops with local schoolsto accelerate its minority recruitment efforts. Thecollege also has become involved in helping toorganize Future Educators Association programs inseveral school districts. Through the TEMP work, Georgetown Collegewas able to create in a short period of time agraduate program in special education, an areawith major teacher shortages. Other work focusedon collaborative activities. The college is pursuing Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  9. 9. Kentucky Christian University conducted a Lindsey Wilson College focused on increasing theproject that was designed to improve the technological participation of university faculty in local schools andcompetency of public school teachers in eastern Kentucky. enhancing the recruitment of future educators. ThroughAfter surveying teachers to determine their technological the TEMP grant work, the college has developed two newskills, the university developed and implemented a dual credit education courses at two local high training program to improve teachers’ on- In addition, two faculty members are participating inline skills. A more in-depth project followed, where P-12 activities that include staffing a high-school levelpublic school teachers worked in collaborative teams on Introduction to Education course. Many other facultyprojects, assisted by KCU faculty members who provided members are participating through a variety of avenuesinstruction on topics and technologies. The participants’ – shadowing K-12 teachers, working on curriculumtechnology competencies were significantly improved as a alignment with high school teachers, making scienceresult of the program. presentations to elementary students and other activities. Noting the absence of any Future Educators Association chapters in the area, the college has helped form one new chapter; two others are under development. Lindsey Wilson College also partnered with Campbellsville University in developing a Future Educators Association conference that is to become an annual event. Kentucky Wesleyan College’s activities focused onimproving teacher candidates’ competency in technology.They developed new skills through coursework andfaculty evaluations. The work followed consultationswith technology coordinators in local school districts todetermine what curriculum and resource changes wereneeded to improve new teachers’ performance. KentuckyWesleyan focused another aspect of its TEMP work onincreasing the participation of university faculty in localschools. Math and science faculty and middle schoolteachers collaborated in planning a summer math andscience camp for middle school students. The planningprocess also led to Kentucky Wesleyan faculty membersworking in local schools to give demonstrations anddirect other activities. The college continues its work toenhance the recruitment of future educators, emphasizingcandidates from underrepresented populations. Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  10. 10. Midway College has expanded its online offerings Spalding University collaborated with the Jeffersonunder the TEMP grant work. Faculty members and County Public Schools Minority Teacher Recruitmentadjunct professors undergo a five-week training course Project and the Future Educators of America chaptersfor online instruction and, with a few exceptions, at two middle schools to design activities to informall education courses have been accelerated and are minority students about college and teaching. Sixtyavailable online. Midway also has developed online P-5 students participated in the project, and directors at theand learning and behavior disorder degree completion schools noted an increase in the students’ self respect.programs. Students also participated in service learning projects and assignments that familiarized them with the role of Pikeville College considers its best work under the educators. These activities included mini teaching lessonsTEMP grant as the collaboration that occurred among delivered by students in collaboration with their teachers,P-12 teachers, education faculty and arts and sciences a Thanksgiving food basket drive and a Christmas basketfaculty. The collaboration took the form of discussing program at nursing homes. In addition, two students wereNew Teacher Standards, designing a new evaluation state winners in a speech contest sponsored by the Futureinstrument for pre-service teachers, visiting P-12 schools Educators of America.and assessing pre-service teachers. All of the activitieshelped the college and local schools identify and resolve Leadership roles for students and expandedissues of articulation and quality across all levels. The technology training have resulted from the TEMP grantresult was a partnership formed in recognition of the work at Transylvania University. A student was trainedgoals for student learning shared by P-12 teachers, arts as webmaster for the education programs’ web page andand sciences faculty and education faculty. subsequently trained another student to take on the work the following year. An e-journal was part of the work. An after-school mentoring program focused on another goal – to recruit diverse teacher education candidates. In addition to the mentoring program, the university hosted a summer camp for upper elementary students. Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  11. 11. Union College focused its work on preparing Tennessee were invited to spend a day on campusteachers to learn new techniques, teaching strategies for “Your Career as a Teacher Day.” In addition, theand technology and to be better prepared when they college’s Education Department focused on developingenter the classroom. Education faculty developed online professional relationships with middle and highcourses, expanding the college’s offerings from two to school counselors who were invited to spend a day onapproximately 10 courses, and technology has become campus. This work addressed the goals of enhancinga component of classes. The college also began using an the recruitment of talented future educators, with anelectronic portfolio system to collect and assess learning emphasis on underrepresented populations, and increasingmaterials, and new software was used to train students the participation of university faculty from all disciplinesin the classroom. Curriculum and courses also have been in public schools.aligned to standards. The University of the Cumberlands focused onincreasing therecruitment offuture educatorsand increasing theparticipation ofuniversity faculty inP-12 schools. Twoprimary activitieswere developed forthe recruitment goal.On four occasions,students from middleand high schools insoutheastern Kentuckyand northeastern Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  12. 12. Teacher Quality The Teacher Quality Enhancement program was funded under the national Higher Education Amendments enacted by Congress to focus on initiatives that wouldEnhancement enhance quality teaching in the United States. Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board received a grant in 2002 to fund work to assist new teachers in promoting student learning and to increase statewide accountability for the impact of teacher performance on student achievement. With an emphasis on changing the way teachers are recruited, prepared, licensed and supported, the program’s goal is to reduce the shortage of qualified teachers in high-need school districts. Fourteen of Kentucky’s independent colleges and universities participated in the program. The broad range of activities and initiatives they completed included: Aligning the curriculum for teacher education candidates with Kentucky’s core content, national standards and the national PRAXIS exams that measure a candidate’s knowledge and skills Implementing and strengthening Teacher Work Sample initiatives; this national effort focuses on helping teachers improve the effect that their planning, instruction and assessment have on student learning Determining the impact of teacher education candidates on P-12 student learning Increasing the involvement of arts and sciences faculty in teacher education Revising teacher education courses to improve the assessment of candidates’ leadership, communications and thinking skills Analyzing teacher performance data Recruiting minority and non-traditional teacher education candidates and candidates for such high need areas as mathematics, the sciences and special education Using technology for on-line learning, data collection and assessment0 Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  13. 13. Following is a brief look at the independent institutions’ specific areas of emphasis under the TQE program. Faculty members at Bellarmine University’s School Curriculum alignment and literacy were the areas ofof Education collaborated with their colleagues in arts emphasis at Brescia University. Faculty from all relevantand sciences to improve the alignment of the university content areas participated in the curriculum alignmentcurriculum with Kentucky’s core content, PRAXIS and process. This involved reviewing Kentucky’s P-12national content standards. Curriculum changes have been curriculum as it compared to their courses and sharing theproposed; some have been implemented while others are results with the School of Education faculty. The resultin the approval process. The curriculum review prompted was stronger awareness among faculty about the needsother activities, such as student preparation sessions for the of future educators and changes in the biology, EnglishPRAXIS exam; ongoing collaboration between education and mathematic content programs. The focus in literacyand arts and sciences faculty; and summer workshops for was on enhancing the resources for literacy educationarea teachers of social studies, in all core academic areas. Thismathematics and English. work was developed through the school’s Curriculum Resource Center, which is being reorganized At Berea College, the to expand the availability of toolsemphasis was on helping and materials for use in literacyfaculty in education and the education.arts and sciences increasetheir understanding of thecore content and aligning Program improvements andcourses taken by teacher helping students prepare for theeducation students with national PRAXIS exams werethe core content. College among the activities undertakenfaculty and area public school at Campbellsville University.teachers came together for Faculty members used datathe workshop, “Making analysis to determine areasConnections: A Curriculum of needed improvement andAlignment Project.” The reviewed materials on teachercollaboration helped expand performance assessment to makethe faculty’s understanding of the P-12 teachers’ need to decisions on implementation in the university’s initialalign their lessons and teaching with the core content. As certification programs. An institute on student learninga result, the faculty focused on making changes in selected provided information for several faculty members oncourses to incorporate the core content. the relationship between the way learning experiences are designed and how students learn. And resource materials were added to the Teaching Learning Resource Center to assist students’ preparation for the PRAXIS II examination. Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  14. 14. Faculty at Centre College incorporated a number and Kentucky’s core content were distributed to andof activities into their TQE initiatives. Work groups of discussed with arts and sciences faculty. They joined theeducation faculty, arts and sciences faculty and K-12 education faculty in examining their course offeringspractitioners reviewed teacher candidate preparation in English, communications, social studies, science anddocuments and developed an action plan for needed mathematics to note their alignment with the standardsrevisions. The groups also evaluated courses to align and suggest possible changes. Many of the proposedteacher candidate preparation with national standards, the modifications were incorporated into the courses,Kentucky core content and the PRAXIS examinations. beginning with the 2005-2006 school year. A follow-upMembers of the college’s teacher education committee workshop focused on the need for an ongoing process toevaluated the impact of the education program on the ensure continued curriculum alignment.preparation of teacher candidates. And the Teacher WorkSample approach was used to determine the impactthat student teacher candidates would have on student The objectives at Kentucky Wesleyan College includedlearning. the alignment of each certification program, data analysis and the determination of the impact of the college on the quality of teacher candidates. Curriculum alignment Georgetown College worked to streamline and workshops were held for art, biology, chemistry,improve the alignment of its curriculum with state and elementary education, English, health/physical education,national standards. The TQE grant helped the Education mathematics and social studies. Arts and sciences faculty,Department complete an in-depth analysis of its education faculty and P-12 practitioners reviewededucation program, develop data collection methods to Kentucky’s core content and program of studies, PRAXISassist in evaluations and, based on the analysis, to modify II assessments and college courses to identify any gapsprograms as needed. Through data collection and analysis in alignment. Recommendations for course changesactivities, the department revised the program review sometimes required that specific content be added ordocuments for all undergraduate and graduate education given more emphasis in a course already required ofprograms to ensure compliance with Standard 1 of the teacher education candidates. Other recommendationsNational Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education focused on redefining courses as requirements or(NCATE). The college had wide participation in the electives. Although technically not an objective ofTQE activities, including education department faculty the grant, one positive outcome of the work has beenand staff, arts and sciences faculty and technical support improved relationships between college faculty and P-12personnel, postsecondary education colleagues, state representatives and outside vendors. Raising awareness among college faculty of the Kentucky Christian University focused on aligning importance of aligning college courses with Kentucky’sthe university’s courses with state and national standards, core content resulted in course changes at Lindsey Wilsonusing a multi-phase approach to accomplish this goal. College. English and math courses were reviewed andState and national teacher education program standards strengthened following a process that involved meetings and discussions among college faculty and area teachers. In addition, an initial articulation agreement was developed between the college and Adair County High School in English and math. The work has established a framework for additional collaborative work between P-12 and postsecondary faculties. The college also focused on helping students prepare for the PRAXIS exams as part of its TQE work. Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  15. 15. At Midway College, faculty focused on assessing preparation on the Teacher Work Sample process. Thestudents’ learning outcomes, increasing the depth steps involved included outside training, participation inand analysis of course content and enhancing student statewide training sessions – including specific tasks inperformance on national examinations. Recent changes coursework – and aligning curriculum to identify the bestin the PRAXIS I and II exams prompted efforts by courses that support the Teacher Work Sample process.the education department faculty to embed the exams’ All faculty members have participated.content in the coursework of teacher candidates. Arts andsciences faculty assisted in identifying general educationcourses that were most suitable for incorporating PRAXIS At Union College, grant funding enabled the educationcontent. Faculty also revised the Teacher Education faculty to look closely at aligning education courseworkHandbook to address revised student performance with the Kentucky core content and the PRAXIS IIassessments. These measures promoted consistent quality exam. All certification areas were examined for gaps,performance in teaching for both faculty and candidates redundancies and best practices; changes includedand moved the education department toward higher restructuring coursework, adding courses and otherstandards in teaching and learning. revisions. The TQE grant also provided small stipends to content faculty for additional work to align coursework with PRAXIS II and travel funds that allowed education The objectives at Pikeville College focused on aligning faculty to attend NCATE conferences and professionalcurriculum with Kentucky’s core content and national development activities. With the grant support,standards, aligning the elementary education program education faculty have restructured teacher educationwith the new national PRAXIS II exam and making programs, aligned course content more closely with thecourse changes to achieve the latter goal. Although a PRAXIS II, involved content faculty in the curriculumdata analysis found adequate alignment between the alignment process and improved the pass rates on contentteacher education coursework and state and national examinations in all certification areas.standards, a change in the state test created the need foradditional alignment with the new PRAXIS exam. Workgroups of education faculty, arts and sciences faculty and The University of the Cumberlands brought artsP-12 teachers found gaps or sequencing weaknesses in and sciences faculty together with education facultya few areas and redesigned the coursework as needed. to study the teacher preparation curriculum and helpThe positive impact on the college’s education program more effectively prepare students to take the PRAXISincludes more involvement of arts and sciences faculty and exams. This gave many faculty members in various collegeP-12 teachers in the education of future teachers. departments their first opportunity to consider the PRAXIS requirements. A detailed process that included the development of a curriculum map, review of the New The focus at Spalding University was on course Teacher Standards and the portfolio process and study ofalignment and the use of technology. The course materials led to the development of a “PRAXIS Poweralignment work included collaboration with faculty Week” for each education class to emphasize the elementsof Jefferson Community College on a learning and and strategies of the PRAXIS II. This work addressed thedevelopment course that is frequently transferred to goals of aligning the curriculum for teacher educationSpalding. The university also worked to better align candidates with Kentucky’s core content, nationalmath and science courses with the Pre-Professional Skills standards and the national PRAXIS exams and increasingTest and with the new PRAXIS II test for elementary the involvement of arts and sciences faculty in teachereducation. Course revisions and the development of a science course resulted from this work. Technologytraining has improved the use of technology by bothfaculty and students. The grant also enabled Spalding’sfaculty to create a pilot program to improve student Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  16. 16. Kentucky’s Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes A four-year liberal arts college, Alice Lloyd CollegeIndependent educates students from 108 Central Appalachian counties in five states for positions of leadership and service.Colleges and The Division of Education provides a comprehensive educational program for students at little or no cost as a work college. Because of the nature of the division’sUniversities…… admissions standards, students must be of high academic quality, strongly motivated and demonstrate strong moral and ethical character.A Closer Look Founded in 1923, Alice Lloyd College has a long- standing tradition of preparing teachers for service inat Teacher the mountains. The college perceives the role of the teacher as that of a caring and compassionate leader who is an architect, builder, facilitator and evaluator ofPreparation the education process for the purpose of empowering students to determine their future.Programs “The classes are strong. They give us real-life scenarios to make the content relevant,” student teacher Karen Bailey said of Alice Lloyd College. “A strength of the program has been placement in a school with diversity. It forces you to think through what to do and apply your knowledge.” Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  17. 17. Asbury College, Wilmore Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Founded in 1890 as a coeducational, elementary, middleliberal arts institution, Asbury College and secondaryis dedicated to academic excellence and education and inhas gained state and regional recognition curriculum andfor quality and innovation. The intent instruction forof the teacher preparation program is to elementary andprovide a strong academic program within middle grades,a standards-based, performance-driven learning andframework to prepare quality educators. behavior disorders,An integral facet of Asbury’s teacher reading and writingtraining is the preparation of teachers in and instructionala Christian context for service in a variety leadershipof educational settings. The courses of and schoolstudy are designed to achieve specific administration.outcomes as designed by the New TeacherStandards, enable future educators to “I have only goodaddress contemporary education issues and things to say aboutprovide authentic educational experiences 99 to 100 percent offor preservice candidates. my professors,” noted Kristen Wallitsch,Asbury graduate Jeremy Mills, a teacher at East who holds bothJessamine High School, found the individual undergraduate andhelp and attention made possible by a low masters degrees fromprofessor-student ratio to be of particular benefit. Bellarmine. “TheyThe “building process” of learning at Asbury was take a real personal interest in you. They go above and beyond.”challenging, but he felt well prepared for the classroom Professors with experience in the K-12 classroom made sure theirupon graduation. students gained that experience early, she added.Bellarmine University, Louisville Founded in 1950, Bellarmine University is a liberalarts university in the Catholic tradition. It enrollsapproximately 2,500 students in its schools of education,nursing, business, arts and sciences and continuing andprofessional education. The student-centered program inthe Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education focuseson ensuring that graduates have the knowledge, skills anddispositions to teach all children. To meet the needs of diverse learners, Bellarmine’sundergraduate program in elementary and middle gradesoffers dual teacher certification with learning and behaviordisorders. All graduates from these programs have twoteaching certificates, one in regular education and one inspecial education. The education program offers teachingcertification for grades 8-12 in several content areas and a Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  18. 18. Berea College, Berea Brescia University, Owensboro Throughout its history, Berea College has been Brescia University’s teacher education studentsactively engaged in preparing teachers for elementary are challenged to become professionals committed toand secondary schools. The college regards the education advocacy for their students and to instilling in theirof teachers as an important college-wide endeavor, and students a dedication to service for others and a thirst foralmost all departments contribute in some way to the knowledge. A coeducational Catholic institution foundedteacher preparation program. Students in the teacher by the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, Bresciaeducation program are asked to think deeply about the offers students an opportunity to participate in a varietynature of teaching, learning and schooling. The goal of the of field clinical experiences. This lets them work withprogram is to prepare teachers who will manifest the values students and teachers in area classrooms and teach lessonsand commitments, the understanding and knowledge and they have planned.the skills and abilities necessary to cultivate the disposition Prior to student teaching, Brescia’s education majorsof judicious inquiry in themselves and in their students. will have spent more than 150 hours in classrooms The college’s various service-learning programs and working directly with students. Many of these fieldstudent labor positions ensure extensive opportunities experiences include opportunities to design and deliverfor prospective teachers to gain experience working with integrated units of study to whole classes or to developyouth and with teaching in their subject specialties. tutorial instruction with individuals or small groups of students.Student Sara McKie noted that the child development classesprovide a strong foundation, helping students understand Special education major Dennis Millay points to the use ofchildren and psychology and the theories that work best in technology, and learning how to use it to improve teaching, asthe classroom. Studying abroad, which Berea students are a positive attribute of Brescia’s program. But the fundamentalencouraged to do, also provided a number of helpful experiences, strength lies in something less concrete: “Some colleges teach theshe said. curriculum. Brescia teaches a philosophy – respect every person. We learn how to treat a student as a unique individual and engage them in their learning.” Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  19. 19. Campbellsville Centre College,University, DanvilleCampbellsville The education program The mission of the at Centre College has fourteacher education program principal goals: to helpat Campbellsville University students recognize theis to prepare teachers by complexity of educationproviding an academic in the United States;infrastructure based on to provide experiencesscholarship, service and and information to helpChristian leadership. The students decide whetherprimary goal of the program a teaching career isis to advance scholars who appropriate for them;are competent, caring to prepare studentsand qualified, who can for certification andhave a positive impact on teaching by equippingstudent learning and who them with the theoreticalare committed to lifelong and practical knowledgelearning in a global society. needed by beginning With students from teachers; to stress critical32 states and 25 foreign reflection so teacherscountries, Campbellsville’s will be able to recognizededicated faculty stresses educational dilemmas,academic excellence, solidly analyze such dilemmasgrounding students in the and problems, formulateliberal arts, personal growth, possible solutions andintegrity and fellowship within a caring environment. The anticipate some of the consequences, and test program incorporates the latest in instructional The stated mission of the program is for students totechnology and provides high-quality experiences for develop a greater understanding or an appreciation for thepreservice and experienced teachers to ensure student complexities of teaching and learning and to lead lives ofsuccess. learning, leadership and service as effective elementary and secondary classroom teachers.“A real strength of the teacher education program is the focuson diversity throughout the entire program,” said elementary “The small size is positive. There is a family feeling,” said Justineducation major Pam Quinn. “They facilitate your going outside Atkins, a Centre graduate who teaches in Shelby County.your comfort zone to work and understand children from “This holds true for the school as a whole and the educationdifferent cultures and backgrounds, as well as those with special department. You get a lot of individual attention.”needs.” Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  20. 20. Georgetown College, Georgetown Kentucky Christian University, Grayson Since its inception, Georgetown College has been The mission of Kentucky Christian University is todedicated to developing scholars who are committed to educate students for Christian leadership and service inits Christian heritage. The teacher education program is the church and in professions throughout the world. Therooted in the school’s liberal arts tradition, which seeks teacher education program participates in the institutional mission, and graduates are active in leadership and service positions in the teaching profession and the church. Established in 1919 as Christian Normal Institute, the school offered programs for high school, junior college and teacher preparation. The teacher preparation program was phased out in the early 1920s and revived in 1983. The goal of the program is to produce teachers who are empowered to assess students, analyze content, plan and implement instruction and evaluate instruction and learning. Graduates are expected to be lifelong learners and role models in their professional and social communities. Kentucky Christian University graduate Emily Ream, a first- year elementary school teacher in Ashland, is working in the school where she did her student teaching, and she was offered two other jobs as well. “Compared to the newer teachers atto develop habits of thought, character and service that my school, I feel I’m the most prepared. … I can help the otherexemplify the highest ideals of caring stewardship and teachers. Being out of school, I realize how good the program wasresponsible citizenship. The primary aim of the program there and how much I learned.”is to develop scholars who are competent and caringeducators, committed to a spirit of service and learningwho will continue to grow professionally throughout theircareers. A variety of classroom and on-campus experiences,extensive field work and continuous counseling andevaluation of students are integral components of theteacher education program.Billie Travis, a 7th grade math teacher in Georgetown, wasKentucky’s 2005 Teacher of the Year. She received her mastersdegree and Rank I from Georgetown College.“I really appreciated the opportunity to be a student there. …The professors were great. Their expertise in the classroom andtheir willingness to work with me really made me appreciate myprofession even more.” Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  21. 21. Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia Kentucky Wesleyan College’s teacher education The preparation of future educators at Lindseyprogram is embedded in a strong liberal arts program. Wilson College is guided by the mission statement of“Teachers as Leaders” is the theme for the program, serving the educational needs of students by providingreflecting the college’s view that educational leadership a living/learning environment within an atmospheretraining is vital for teachers. Many of Kentucky Wesleyan’s of active caring and Christian concern. Additionalgraduates come from and return to small communities guidance is provided by the education program’s theme:where teachers have opportunities to lead in government as “Teacher as Leader in Rural/Small School Education.”well as civic and church positions. The program emphasizes Within this framework, the program works to preparethat the skills and disposition required for teaching are also classroom teachers who adhere to the highest professionalrequired for leading. expectations as outlined by state and national standards. Kentucky Wesleyan provides experiences specifically The focus is on every student, every day. Lindseydesigned to develop teacher leaders capable of facing a Wilson College also works to develop relationships withdiverse, ever-changing world. Efforts are dedicated to schools in its ten-county region, specifically preparingdeveloping teachers who demonstrate an ability to solve students for small school settings. The special preparationproblems critically, logically and creatively; an ability to has resulted in better retention for the college’s graduatesdesign instruction appropriate for individual students; once they enter the ability to communicate with multiple groups; acommitment to ongoing personal and professional growth; “Lindsey Wilson’s education program helped me from thean enthusiasm for their profession; leadership management beginning,” said Sarah Collier Culver, an elementary teacher inskills and proficiency in content areas. Crestwood. “The program has great experienced professors who taught me the importance of holding students to high standards.According to student Sara Hudson, the education department They really challenged us with teaching higher-order thinking,at Kentucky Wesleyan College is “close-knit – like a family. The and they also stressed the importance of thinking about differentfaculty are very open and welcoming and try to help students ways to teach students.”in any way theycan.” The hands-onexperience providedby the program is alsoa strength. Two of herclasses took place ina public elementaryschool. Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  22. 22. Mid-Continent University, Mayfield daytime environment in the women’s college and in an accelerated format in the evenings and on weekends for The mission of Mid-Continent University is to men and women. Online courses are also part of theprovide on-campus and off-campus programs to educate instruction.students for Christian leadership and service around theworld, reflecting the Baptist tradition. The theme of the Nontraditional student Jennifer Lohr, a mother of high schooluniversity’s teacher education program is: “Equipping children, had never been to college prior to her experience atreflective decision-makers, creative problem-solvers and Midway. “I have had the most phenomenal college experience.servant leaders.” Midway has given me the confidence I needed. The first day The university describes the purpose of its program as of school was the scariest day of my life, but all the staff ( fromserving children, families and communities by preparing the president to maintenance employees) have been warm andbi-vocational ministers, professional teachers and/or supportive. … The strength of Midway is the people they haveinformed parents to teach early elementary school age employed. They listen to me, share opinions and advice. There ischildren in Christian a climate of respect.”schools, in publicschools and in thehome.Midway College,Midway The teachereducation programemanates from themission of MidwayCollege and ispredicated on the beliefthat the development ofteachers as professionalleaders who make adifference is built ona multi-dimensionallearning program. Thisprogram encompassesintrapersonal, intellectual, professional and globalattributes. Professional leadership is defined asa) the knowledge of self and the ability to think critically,solve problems and act decisively, and b) a commitmentto cultural values, attitudes and diversity. The collegeseeks to serve the larger society by educating studentsintellectually, morally and spiritually to be productiveparticipants in society, responsible citizens in a democracyand conservators and reformers of the best elements oftheir individual cultures. Midway College has a long history of preparingeducators. Its program is offered in both the traditional,0 Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  23. 23. Pikeville College, Pikeville schools one day a week; that will expand to two days a week in the semester prior to student teaching. Pikeville College was founded by Presbyterian ministers St. Catharine’s education programs put particularin 1889 to serve students from the central Appalachian emphasis on teaching practices that are inclusive, anti-biasmountains of eastern Kentucky and bordering states. The and respectful of the diverse background students comecollege views itself as an “opportunity institution” and has from as well as the various ways they learn.historically placed a high priority on training teachers. The organizing theme of the education program is: “I am currently in a Student Field Experience course, which“Effective teachers enable ALL students to learn.” The involves going to observe schools, working in classrooms andprogram emphasizes that, to make reflective analytical focusing on students,” noted second-year student Brandidecisions that will enable all students to learn, teachers Mattingly. “This experience will be beneficial to my future as aneed multiple areas of knowledge, multiple areas of teacher and will enable me to better prepare myself. I feel that bycompetence and appropriate dispositions or attitudes seeing methods of many different teachers and how students reactthat foster learning and genuine human relationships. to those methods, I will be able to choose the best teaching methodCollaboration between education faculty and arts and for my students.”sciences faculty and a full professional year of fieldexperience for student teachers are considered particularstrengths of the program. Spalding University, Louisville Spalding University traces its roots to 1814 whenStudent Ricky Thacker, who is focusing on middle school math, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth established Nazarethbelieves the teachers are the strength of the program at Pikeville Academy. The College of Education, one of four centersCollege. “They care about each one of us. They want all students of excellence at the university, frames its preparation ofto learn.” Other strengths include observation opportunities and teachers around the philosophy and theme of “Educatorthe hands-on experience that the program provides. as Leader” and infuses field experience through strong collaborations withSt. Catharine public schools. The mission of theCollege, college is to prepareSpringfield educators who possess intellectual St. Catharine understanding,College is awaiting holistic perspectivestate approval and professionalto move from a skills to leadtwo-year to a four- others to theyear education maximum use ofprogram. One focus their potential forof the two-year lifelong learningprogram, positive in a multiculturaldiscipline classroom society. As anmanagement extension ofpractices, has the university’sprovided the foundation for building the four-year mission for service, meeting the needs of the times andprogram. Early, directed field experience also will be promoting peace and justice, Educators as Leaders areemphasized. Students now spend a full day once a prepared to view teaching as a vocation, to understand theweek in schools as soon as they take an education class. contemporary needs of schools and students and to beThroughout their four-year experience, they will be in advocates for all students. Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  24. 24. “When I decided to return to college, I asked many educator was that it was very clear from my very first educationadministrators in education and educational professionals what course that they were going to get me into the classroom, and theschool they would recommend,” said graduate Malisssa Russell, degree of my participation continued to escalate throughout thewho teaches at a Bullitt County middle school. “Spalding was the program. The small school setting and meeting individual needsunanimous choice of everyone, so I already had high expectations really showed – in education classes and in all classes.”before I ever sat in my first class. I can honestly say that all of myexpectations have been exceeded. Being a student at SpaldingUniversity opened up more doors for me than I ever dreamed Transylvania University, Lexingtonpossible.” The complementary values of a sound mind and a sound body underlie the philosophy of TransylvaniaThomas More College, Crestview Hills University’s education program, which examines concepts of knowledge and how it is passed from one person to The primary mission of Thomas More College is to another and from one generation to the next. Preparingdevelop and sustain challenging undergraduate, graduate future educators to be thinkers, not technicians, reflectsand professional programs of study marked by superior the university’s philosophy that the scope, spirit, analyticteaching and scholarship. The education program focuses approaches and integration of knowledge inherent inon providing learning environments where teacher liberal education are the best preparation for life beyondcandidates can acquire the knowledge, attitudes, values college.and skills required to meet the needs of students in a Using an innovative curriculum, faculty and studentsdynamic society. The goal of the program is to develop the place an emphasis on the importance of caring, learner-“teacher as a leader in the learning community.” A liberal centered ways of coming to knowledge and interactingarts foundation and early and frequent field opportunities with one another. Students, who are actively involved instrengthen the education students’ experiences. their own learning, have opportunities to observe and The program’s commitment is to the development of teach in public and private school classrooms in everyeffective, proactive members of the teaching profession education course.who value lifelong learning,reflection, service to diverseconstituencies and, consistentwith the college mission,commitment to Christianvalues.“I have absolutely nothing butpositive things to say,” saidgraduate Brian Robinson, anassistant principal in CampbellCounty. “I think the mostimportant thing for me as an Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  25. 25. For student Jessie Goodloe, who is soon to graduate with a University of the Cumberlands,teaching job secured, the strengths of the program include “strongcommunication. The faculty form relationships with students, Williamsburgand there is an openness to reflection and teaching students to be The University of the Cumberlands focuses onreflective.” providing the best possible training for teachers by offering a curriculum that combines theory with practicalUnion College, Barbourville experience within the framework of a liberal arts program. By working in concert with other departments across Teacher education at Union College is an outgrowth campus, education faculty help students design the courseof the liberal arts foundation that the college believes of study best suited to their individual interests andwill strengthen prospective teachers and give them the talents.intellectual resources they need in today’s classrooms. Making sure each student is a good fit for a career Union education students complete a three-tiered in teaching is an area of focus for the university, whereeducational experience, beginning with the liberal teaching is considered an art. The education programeducation core curriculum. These courses expose students reflects the university’s commitment to strong academicsto the arts and sciences to broaden their world view and joined with a commitment to a strong work ethic. Thestretch them academically. The second level involves the emphasis is on providing a quality program that preparesselection of an area of educational specialization. The teacher candidates who serve as responsible and moralcapstone of the program is the professional preparation leaders in the schools of the nation.sequence of courses that take students from theoreticalstudy of teaching through practical and clinical Senior David Atwood, a middle school education student with aexperiences. specialty in math and science, credits the university with a strong preparation in his specialty disciplines with upper-level courses.“One of the biggest strengths is the personal interest that the Another strength is “plenty of clinical hours in the schools.”faculty has in their students,” said William Jones, a veteranteacher who is a graduate student at Union College. “They arestudent-centered rather than faculty-centered. They are sensitiveto the needs of older students, which are in the majority in thegraduate program.” Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  26. 26. Kentucky Independent Colleges Accreditation Status, Quality Performance Index, and Program Offerings October 2006 Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
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  30. 30. Kentucky Independent CollegesAccreditation Status, Quality Performance Index, and Program OfferingsOctober 2006 Preparing Teachers...Building the Future
  31. 31. Kentucky’s Independent Colleges and Universities Preparing Teachers...Building the FutureThis document was produced by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universitieswith support provided as part of the Teacher Education Model Program and the TeacherQuality Enhancement program to report on member institutions’ work under thoseprograms.
  32. 32. Kentucky’s Independent Colleges and Universities Preparing Teachers...Building the Future